Betty White, TIME's Person of the Year 2016?

Betty White among finalists for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Betty White is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2016. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 24/05/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not White for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 94-year-old actress, as a 2016 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes White so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actress have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Oak Park Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Oak Park (Betty White's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the actress was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Betty White Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 23 May 2016
“Congrats! Betty has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 23 May 2016
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Betty White?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 May 2016

Could 2016 officially be the Year of Betty White?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2016 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2016?

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